Upcoming Events
Jan Northern Symposium 2020
University of Alberta
Jan 24, 2020
UAPC ("University of Alberta Programming Contest")
University of Alberta
Mar 21, 2020
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Hello and welcome to the semi-regular bulletin for the 2019-2020 school year.
I have been curating easy access to our varied resources within the member's only section of our website.  If you are signed in on alberta.csteacher.org, you will see a resources tab.  As always, let me know if you want things added or changed.
French Resources are publically viewable.
Things to use in your classroom
Daily Programming challenges that can be completed in any language.
My Opinion and Experience: Decent for stronger Grade 10s. The first part of each day is doable in grade 10 for many of my students. Great for Grade 11s.  Fun and still challenging for Grade 12s.
Cyber Security Fun around the holidays!
Current challenge hasn't opened yet, but KringleCon from last year is very game-like and pretty decent. 
Grants and PD
Strengthen computational thinking, coding and data science skills with Callysto's interactive notebook

Facilitator(s):    David Hay
Date:    December 10, 2019
Time:    9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Cost:    No charge (includes lunch)

NOTE: An honorarium to support teacher attendance will be provided to the teacher at their school address. The request/invoice for the $300/teacher honorarium must be submitted by the school to Cybera within 90 days following completion of the Callysto training event. Requests received after 90 days will not be accepted.


Session Description
The ability to process information in an analytical way is becoming increasingly important, and educators are encouraged or expected to incorporate more coding and data analytics into their teaching.

We will explore Callysto’s free Python-based modules developed for teaching outcomes in the Alberta Program of Studies while fostering computational thinking and data analysis.

You will be able to investigate how to incorporate these into your teaching of various subjects and create or edit modules for other outcomes if you are interested.
Teaching computational thinking and coding? Get funds for your classroom activities
If you teach Grades 5-12 students in Canada, Callysto wants to help fund your classroom activities related to computational thinking and coding. For example, you could submit a proposal to cover the cost of developing curriculum resources that feature Jupyter Notebooks (for students, or current/pre-service teachers), or for hosting a coding workshop or student hackathon (e.g. to cover the cost of the venue, catering, or support staff).

Haven’t heard of Callysto? It’s a free, interactive, curriculum-based learning and skills development tool; think “interactive textbook.” Computational thinking is becoming a requirement for the workers of tomorrow — our goal is to give students a head start.
New Coding Program for Alberta Teachers and Students

Codingville.ca is a new national program by MindFuel, available to all Alberta school divisions. The program, funded by CanCode, brings comprehensive coding lessons and activities to Canadian teachers and students. Codingville training modules for students and teachers, as well as lesson plans for teachers, can be accessed at no cost until March 31, 2021. The number of seats is limited and teacher pre-registration has just started.

For more information, please see visit Codingville.ca. You can also find more detail from the official press release.  

Looking for ways to help your students engage in coding and digital skills development? Calling all teachers to pre-register your classroom today to reserve your seat in Codingville.ca. Available January 2020. Seats are limited!
  • Teachers with access to a training course, designed to support their abilities and confidence to teach coding in the classroom.
  • Students with helpful tools and coding activities, designed to engage students of all ages in game-based learning and digital skills development.
For more information please contact info@codingville.ca.
2019-2020 Executive
Mickey Langlois - President
James Chow - VP
Janice Parsons - Treasurer
Scott Blenkhorne - Secretary
Margaret Jones - Southern Rep
Matteo Hee - Northern Rep
Maria Cutumisu - Post-Secondary Rep